Rockets blast Macomb in two

Chris Vogt

MACOMB — There's only one way Macomb High softball coach Steve Horrell wanted his Lady Bombers to take the pair of games they endured on Saturday April 10.

Live it. Learn it.

"These girls know that this one's over with and done. We learn," Horrell said. "I don't believe that there's such thing as a good loss, it's a learning loss. We can learn and hopefully be able to win later on."

Rockridge gave Macomb plenty of pointers in 14-1 and 19-1 drubbings at MHS Field.

"We ran into just a really good ball club," Horrell said. "You can learn a lot from just watching good teams.

"I tell these girls to look at the game, to watch the game," Horrell said. "They need to understand what you're supposed to do and how you're supposed to move."

The Lady Bomber defense was on the move nearly every play.

The Lady Rockets, who look to be top contenders for the Olympic Conference crown, cranked out 44 hits on the afternoon. They only surrendered seven Macomb hits.

"I saw our girls stay very focused," Rockridge coach Jennifer Duyvejonck said. "I saw them adjusting to the pitching and focusing on getting line drives. They hit the ball hard and put together some nice base hits. That's what we were after."

Macomb pitcher Kelsey Carle fell victim to Rockridge's offensive prowess in the opener. The Lady Rockets (9-2 overall, 2-0 Olympic) tallied two runs in the first inning, four in the third, three in the fourth and five in the fifth to enforce the run-rule.

Carle (1-8) hurled all five innings for the loss. Chandler Horrell, Karen Hinman, Rachel Murphy and Chandler Schmalshof had a hit apiece for the Bombers (1-9, 0-4).

Jennifer Krueger and Nikki Dixon went 4-for-4 to pace Rockridge at the plate. Caitlin Lingle, who homered twice on the day, hit her first home run in the fifth inning of game one - a solo shot over the left-center field fence.

Amanda Williams went the distance on the mound in game one to pick up the victory.

"Coming into today, with it being our first conference game, we knew if we didn't come and take care of business, then we were going to be in trouble," Duyvejonck said. "We want to compete for the conference championship.

"That provided a lot of motivation for the girls to know what their job was and to execute that job."

Rockridge made an easy transition into game two.

The Lady Rockets turned 13 hits into 13 runs in the first two innings to go on top 13-1 in the nightcap.

"We rely on our hitting, always," Duyvejonck said. "We have good hitters from the top of the lineup to the bottom. I've told them that I have faith in each one of them that they can execute and do what they need to do."

Rockridge's Taylor Seaba hurled three innings and struck out six for the win in game two. Gillian Goodwin, who relieved Seaba, fanned five Macomb batters.

Lingle went 3-for-3 with a home run in the fourth inning, while Emily Woods went 4-for-5. Lingle's homer sparked a two-run fourth inning that solidified Rockridge's run-rule in game two.

Murphy, Carle and Hinman collected the three hits for the Lady Bombers in the second go-around. Freshman Dailea Powell (0-1) pitched all four innings for Macomb.

"This game's over with and done," Horrell said. "We've got some winnable games ahead of us. We just have to make it three outs an inning and move runners around. We do that, we're OK."